NBC chooses Matt Ryan for DC Comics inspired TV series of Constantine
While the CW is captivating fans with ‘The Arrow’ and ‘Flash’, FOX is gearing up for its own ‘Gotham’ series to feature the DC Batman gang. Not to be left out, NBC is coming out with ‘Constantine,’ with all these stories floating about no one will be short of comic-book inspired TV series in 2014, that we know for sure.
Fans of Matt Ryan might remember him best from his work on “Criminal Minds,” but a new generation will watch him take-on the part of Constantine in the new DC Comics inspired drama from David Goyer, the executive producer on the series.
The popular graphic novel comes from the story of John Constantine, a man haunted by his past and his past decisions, who suddenly becomes the stalwart defender of humanity from the gathering armies of the damned. If all of this sounds familiar and you didn’t read the ‘Hellblazer’ series before, you probably remember the 2005 film adaptation that starred Keanu Reeves in the role of John Constantine.
The story will take place in London, Constantine moves through the world that we live in and the netherworld in the graphic novel, and the same concept will be carried on in the television series as well. Constantine is a self-taught necromancer of sorts, he has a gift for the occult practices and using their powers.
Constantine is a torn character, searching for his mother in the world beyond (she died giving birth to him) and still tormented by a woman’s soul he could not save. It’s not long before the daughter of a departed friend, named Liv, is soon haunted by demons and Constantine and Love begin their hunt for all things evil and wicked. The script was written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and the show has a pretty popular director for the pilot (Neill Marshall from Game of Thrones).